Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Kevin Lee Green

First Name Kevin Lee
Last NameGreen
Year of Conviction1980
Year of Exoneration1996
Testing inculpated culpritCold Hit
State of ConvictionCalifornia
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeMurder
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Type of Innocence Defense
  • Alibi
  • Third Party Guilt
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

● Worker at the fast food restaurant testified to seeing defendant at the fast food. ● Prosecution witness police officer testified that the take out food on defendant’s kitchen counter was still warm, which supports defendant’s alibi that he was out getting take out when crime occurred.

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Quotes from Exoneree Testimony

“Q: Again referring — this is September 30th — you did not inflict the injury to [the victim]? A: No, I didn’t.”

Types of evidence at trial
  • Eyewitness
Identity of eyewitness
  • Intraracial Identificaiton
  • Victim
Suggestive Procedures

No – eyewitness Acquainted with defendant (her husband)

Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● Initial nonidentification – had told police she lost all memory of what transpired

Quotes from testimony #2

“Q: And you lost your memory; is that correct? A: Yes.”

Highest level reachedNR